FAQ No. 4: can we talk?

s. keeling keeling at spots.ab.ca
Mon Mar 27 15:50:45 EST 2006

I imagine this may be an old and painful subject.  Sorry.

4. When I lower, raise or move windows with a keybinding, focus
   doesn't follow the mouse!

   This is a feature, how large is the chance that the mouse
   accidentally enters a window you want to focus when you move or
   lower/raise something?

What does that explanation have to do with anything?  Surely you
understand what "focus follows mouse" means.  I do, which is why I
selected to use it.  I assume that a window rolled up will give focus
to whatever window was immediately under it.  I can easily deal with

What I can't deal with is editing a file in emacs, rolling it up,
typing into another window ... thereby corrupting the file I was editing
in emacs because focus remained in the emacs window.  "Hello.  Didn't I
just tell you to roll up?  In fact, I saw you roll up.  Why are you
continuing to accept keystrokes?"

How can you possibly consider such behaviour "a feature?"  At the very
least, *lose* focus forcing me to click on something, or make such
detestable behaviour a user configurable option.

Sorry for any ruffled feathers I've caused with this; no insult
intended.  This just strikes me as bizarre and potentially dangerous
behaviour.  Now that I know it's there, I can deal with it.  Newcomers
to OpenBox will wonder for days why everytime they return to an old
buffer, there's gibberish characters right before their cursor.

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
(*)               http://www.spots.ab.ca/~keeling 
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